Proposed law to raise tuition for college slackers

By Kellie Belmonte
April 21, 2005

College slowpokes, beware. In Florida, a plan has been approved by two Senate committees to increase the tuition for state university and community college students who take more classes than their undergraduate degree would require. However, this idea is falling fast because of certain Florida senators who are concerned over the punishment for slacker students.

This could mean that a student who has had to withdraw from classes, or just had a hard time deciding what they wanted to study, and took many classes in several different areas may have to pay not only their normal tuition but additional costs if they spend more than four years at a particular college. Florida State analysts believe that the tuition surcharge could potentially save state taxpayers millions of dollars with the state subsidizes students from Florida.

Sean Wilson, a sophomore said, “Well, obviously if you stay another year, the tuition for that year should be paid, but I don’t think that actually raising that tuition is necessary. As it is already, we have to pay just for dropping and withdrawing from classes.”

Another student at Cabrini, Alberto Davila, has been a student for three years. However, based on completed credits, he is only considered a sophomore. So, it is most likely that Davila will be at Cabrini for more than four years. “Just because I may have to stay another year doesn’t mean my tuition should be raised. If I’m already going to be paying the normal tuition, what’s the point in raising it? The school will still be getting their money’s worth. It’s like a punishment. We are all here to get an education, but some are just slower at doing it. That’s not a crime, and there should be no punishment for it,” said Davila.

Dan Amoroso agrees. Amoroso has also been in school for three years, but only has enough credits to be considered a sophomore. Amoroso said, “The only people who benefit from this law are the schools themselves because a lot of times there are uncontrollable circumstances to why a student has to withdraw from courses or even take time off between semesters. Considering students’ financial difficulties and others with learning disabilities, I believe it’s a horrible idea for both the colleges and their students. It’s just another way for a college or university to make more money.”

Posted to the web by Shawn Rice

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